Damjanovic urges Montenegro to attack

BY foxsports • November 14, 2011

Montenegro striker Dejan Damjanovic has urged his team-mates to go on the attack if they are to turn around a two-goal deficit to the Czech Republic in their Euro 2012 qualifying play-off second leg.

The Czech Republic won the first leg 2-0 in Prague on Friday with goals from Vaclav Pilar and Tomas Sivok, but Damjanovic does not believe all is lost before the return match in Podgorica.

Branko Brnovic's side were losing 2-0 at home to England in their final Group G qualifying game before hitting back to draw 2-2 in a result which secured their play-off spot.

Damjanovic admitted: "That was our worst display in qualifying.''

However, he vowed the team would bounce back in the second leg on home soil.

"But we won't collapse - we're a totally different team at home.

"We have to be a lot more attacking in the second leg. Having lost the first game 2-0, we can't simply wait for a mistake from the Czech defence.

"We need a quick goal, and if we get that it'll be an open game, and everything is possible. If we start well, things will go our way, and maybe we can get an unbelievable result,'' he added on www.uefa.com.

An exciting game is in prospect with the Czechs also promising to look for the opening goal.

Captain Tomas Rosicky said: "The approach is very simple: we want to score there.

"If we do that, it'll be very difficult for them to catch us. We can expect a passionate crowd. We're looking forward to it as it'll be a great atmosphere.

"We know it'll be very tough for us, so we have to be patient and disciplined just as we were in the first leg, but obviously we feel confident.''

Rosicky's view is shared by Czech Republic coach Michal Bilek, who is looking for his side to score once against Montenegro.

"If we score once, Montenegro must get four, which will be very, very difficult,'' said Bilek.

"We are expecting a difficult game, in front of a passionate crowd and we must be prepared for that. We know that we have only played the first half (of the tie), but it is a good result so far and this chance should not be missed.''

Bilek will again be looking to his side to defend well and match the clean sheet they achieved in the first leg in Prague.

"In the first match we kept the ball and, at the same time, denied their very talented individuals by defending well,'' he said.

Bilek will also look to Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech and his defence to show the form on display in the first leg.

"They only had a few chances at the beginning of the second half, but we had Petr Cech at his best,'' said Bilek.

"They will be dangerous at home, but I am convinced that we will play at the same level on Tuesday.''


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